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Sekhmet by Darantha Sekhmet by Darantha
Sekhmet from the ancient egyptian pantheon. She was a goddess of warfare, protector of the pharaos and it was said the desert was created from her breath.

I'm alluding to a story where Sekhmet, in the shape of a lion, went on such a rampage that Ra feared she would kill all humans. So he tricked her by making her drink something that looked like blood, until she got drunk and stopped (I do think some interpret her as being a darker side of the goddess Hathor).

This was a fun picture to research for looks wise. I looked at several paintings and such of Sekhmet while sketching and putting down the colours. Egypt didn't use swords a lot, they mainly used bows, axes and spears, but the khopesh swords are a little too cool looking to not use, heh. :D Based that one on the ones found in Tuthankamun's grave.

I've always been fond of mythology and folklore, pretty much tore through most of the books on greeco-roman, norse and egyptian mythology that my (small) hometown's library had after that Age of Mythology really ignited my interest in the subject. Sadly I don't get around to reading much about it these days, but I try to poke through a few articles every now and then. Hoping to maybe do a few more of other old gods and goddesses. Hades and Skadi perhaps... maybe some creatures. Suggestions are welcome.
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yaoi-queen-13th Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Absolutely wonderful! I like how you remembered to have her wear red.  Many people forget that the goddess and gods had colors that were associated with them.  If you are going to do Bastet, she wears green.
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Darantha Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   Digital Artist
I will be honest and say that's a pretty happy accident in which case. Red's often associated with violence, anger, and so by extension, often with war gods. But thank, glad you like it!
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ValentineNights Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

I believe the myth was that Ra made the Nile look like blood but was actually wine so that was why she became intoxicated when she guzzled from the river. Once she was drunk enough, Ra was able to safely subdue her, lock her up, and stop the killing spree she was on. Not one of the nicer myths but not a lot of the Egyptian ones are :) You see a lot of Isis, Horus, and Anubis renditions but not a lot of Sehkmet, Bes, or Taweret, I like this very much!

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Darantha Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, that's the one, I was vague when writing it, maybe it was late at night. And myths and old folktales are rarely pleasant, haha. But glad you like it! :) I'm hoping to squeeze in a few more depiction of old deities, fun to do the research.
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Kaykexx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an interesting take on her! Lovely job. Love the snarl on her face.
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Darantha Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful worK! :)
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Darantha Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Nadetha Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this looks really great!
I really love Sekhmet and her sisters/other sides Bastet and Hathor~
And this is one of the best pictures of Sekhmet I've seen so far :)
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Darantha Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh thank you, most kind of you! :)
Yeah, I like Bastet too, thinking of perhaps doing either her, Anubis or Horus next. Picked up a visual encyclopedia on egyptian art a few days ago so I'm in a slight Egypt-mode right now, haha.
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Nadetha Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
d'awwwww~ Horus! Anubis!!! *______*
Okay, okay, I'm so watching you know *laughs*

there are far too many cool Egyptian gods to draw them all *sigh*
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Darantha Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Haha, thank you. :XD: Too many interesting pantheons too.
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Nadetha Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True >__<
I never know which to draw next, either u___
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Darantha Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Or you know what you want to draw but it's either coming out wrong or you are swamped with 700 other things to do/draw. :XD:
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Nadetha Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so true! >_______<
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GingerAdventures Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks really great and Sekhmet looks amazing!
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Darantha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!


(Oh your new name is so awesome)
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GingerAdventures Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^^ and hihihi, thanks ^.^
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Xeikkeiu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome :D You're progressing so fast!

I especialyy love how you painted the shadows in this one. They're mostly greenish-blue, but you've blended them well with the other colours, especially on Sekhmet's dress :)
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Darantha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh thank you! And that's probably because I have absolutely no life and will most likely be painting all day long. Social life, what's that? :XD:
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Xeikkeiu Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha I wish my days could look like that too, but I have stuff left to do in my courses :c It's texture-work, so it's basically painting, but I miss doing massive painting projects like this one.
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Oh wow, this is a stunning piece of artwork :D I love your style and coloring
techniques! :D
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Darantha Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you, most kind of you! :D
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
You are most welcome! Anytime! :D
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